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Blake O’Mara recognized at United Fund awards banquet

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Decatur County United Fund recognized Blake O’Mara of Greensburg, as their Volunteer of the Year at the 2017 United Way and Funds Volunteer of the Year Awards Banquet held last week in Indianapolis.O’Mara was named Volunteer of the Year by the Decatur County United Fund back in January.Blake has volunteered for the United Fund for many years devoting countless hours and hard work to the community investment committee.He has also been a long time donor and supported the annual auction.last_img read more


MBB : Getting Scooped: Jardine outplayed by Triche, Waiters in SU’s 1st 3 games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Two minutes, two bad decisions and a seat on the bench. That was how Monday’s win over Manhattan began for starting point guard Scoop Jardine.He drove recklessly down the left side of the lane on Syracuse’s second possession of the game, throwing up a layup that was easily swatted away by the Jaspers’ Rhamel Brown. And the next time down the court, he turned the ball over.Enter Dion Waiters after 1:38 of play.‘If the guy in front of him makes those kind of plays, he’ll get in there early,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after Monday’s game.Jardine posted two subpar performances in a pair of SU (3-0) wins this week, both times giving way to a much more effective Dion Waiters. The sophomore guard has been joined by Brandon Triche and freshman Michael Carter-Williams to form a trio that has outperformed Jardine thus far. And through three games in 2011, the fifth-year senior is averaging the fewest minutes of the four guards in No. 5 Syracuse’s rotation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim said the nonconference schedule provides chances for the team to learn to play as a unit, and Jardine will have an opportunity to shake off a slow start to the season Saturday against Colgate (1-1) in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.Jardine sat from the 18:22 mark of Monday’s game all the way until there was 9:36 remaining in the first half. In that time, Waiters and Triche thrived at the two guard positions.In that span of 8:46, Waiters and Triche combined for 14 points, four assists, two steals and a block.‘We played pretty well together,’ Triche said after Monday’s game. ‘We both got each other shots. When he gets in, he’s able to create attention, which allows me to space out.’Triche said he assumes more of the point guard role with Jardine off the floor and enjoys having the ball in his hands, as opposed to playing off it. That leaves Waiters with the opportunity to slash to the basket and become a focal point for the opposing defense.Waiters finished with a team-high 17 points Monday, while Jardine was held scoreless.‘Dion came in tonight, and he was good right away,’ Boeheim said. ‘He came out because he tried a horrendous shot. Then when he went back, he was good. Last year, he would have been pouting on the bench and probably wouldn’t have gone back in. He’s learning, he’s getting better at that. He’s really good. He’s a really good player.’Against Albany on Tuesday, Jardine made it to the 14:40 mark before Boeheim pulled him out. Waiters and Carter-Williams held down the two guard spots for the next few minutes and were again effective.They worked together on one possession to easily break the Great Danes press. And when Carter-Williams crossed midcourt, he slashed into the lane and threw a perfect lob pass to Fab Melo for an easy layup.Carter-Williams blocked a shot, grabbed two rebounds and handed out an assist in a 3-minute span.‘We found the open man,’ Carter-Williams said after the Albany game. ‘We just did our job that we were supposed to do. … I play a lot with Dion in the backcourt. In practice I play a lot with him.’Jardine rebounded with a decent seven-point, five-assist effort against the Great Danes on Tuesday, but he is third-best among the SU guards in terms of overall production through three games.Waiters and Triche are averaging 13 and 9 points per game, respectively, while handing out 12 and 10 assists each on the season. Jardine lags behind with 4.7 points per game and only nine assists.He hasn’t played the role of a starter so far this season. Triche has been taking on more of that responsibility.‘I become more of a point guard (with Jardine out),’ Triche said. ‘I kind of like the ball being in my hands a little bit more. I feel more comfortable playing on the ball than off the ball.’Jardine left the floor with 5:26 remaining in the first half against Albany. From that point forward, Triche and Waiters scored or assisted on every Syracuse basket for the rest of the half.And Waiters showed a bit of flair unseen from Jardine all season. When Great Danes guard Mike Black dribbled into the heart of the 2-3 zone, Waiters blocked the shot and corralled the loose ball. He turned up court and went coast-to-coast for a layup, making use of an ankle-breaking crossover to shed the final Albany defender.‘I’m looking up before I even get the ball. Then when I get it, I just go,’ Waiters said. ‘… If I see them cheating a little bit over, I’m going to go over the top of them. But if I see them setting up for a charge, I’m going to get into the paint, penetrate and dish.’mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more


SNEAKING BY: Fake-field goal TD pass helps Syracuse past Villanova after Hunt’s ejection

first_imgSyracuse’s punter threw the game’s most important pass. Its starting quarterback threw the game’s only punch. A converted lineman caught what stood as the game-winning touchdown.And the Orange (1-0) beat Villanova (0-1) 27-26 in double overtime in the Carrier Dome on Friday night to open its season. With Terrel Hunt ejected, Syracuse unable to keep the ball and Villanova unable to score with it, if the game belonged to anyone, it was the Wildcats and their quarterback, John Robertson.When the game ended, he trudged off the field. Syracuse players sprinted toward the SU marching band in celebration. Riley Dixon, the punter-turned-quarterback was in the swarm of relieved Orange. So was Syracuse tight end Kendall Moore, who caught the game-winning touchdown. Hunt was in the SU locker room, ready to congratulate the team he could only watch for the final 33:23, plus overtime, of play.SU director of athletics Daryl Gross, then Orange head coach Scott Shafer congratulated Robertson in front of what remained of the confused 41,189 in attendance. It was the strangest game the winning and debuting quarterback, Austin Wilson, had ever played in.“It’s not comparable,” he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 12 seconds left in the game, Wilson was relegated to a spectator. Villanova had driven down to the SU 8-yard line with the game tied at 17. Chris Gough’s field goal was 25 yards away from making Villanova the first Football Championship Subdivision team to beat Syracuse, reducing SU’s season opener to a defeat of historic proportions.But Gough missed it wide right. Villanova had given the game back.“Everybody got replenished and got an extra boost of life,” Moore said, “and we were ready to go.”SU had been going without Hunt, the man who was poised to finally lead the team as his own, since he punched Villanova’s Dillon Lucas in the face mask with 3:23 left in the second quarter. The VU linebacker caught Hunt with a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of a quarterback run. Protests from both sides and a referees conference were the only pause between the play and Hunt’s ejection.Wilson took two practice snaps on the sideline, then the SU offense was his for the night.The redshirt freshman managed the offense, but he didn’t lead it to anything more than 11 completions, 89 yards and nine first downs. Robertson was the Villanova offense. SU could contain his receivers, but not him, not long enough to avoid the brink of embarrassment.The Orange only had the ball for 10:25 in the second half.“I’m mad because I wish we could’ve won that by a couple touchdowns,” Shafer said.But Shafer was victorious in his anger. He had asked Dixon if he felt comfortable running “Purple,” Syracuse’s fake-field goal set.With the Orange stalled out on Villanova’s goal line for the second consecutive overtime and the game tied at 20, SU made the call. Dixon caught the snap from Sam Rodgers, lifted it away from Ryan Norton and scrambled left, looking for Moore. He wasn’t open, but Dixon leapt and threw the ball anyway.Dixon barely remembers the play. He said he blacked out. Moore was clueless until he was clutch.“Well I ran my route and I knew I was covered,” Moore said. “And I seen Riley jump and I didn’t know what he was doing. I couldn’t really see the ball until it was about three inches from my face when I reached out and grabbed it.”Robertson replied one more time, gaining all 25 of Villanova’s yards in its half of the second overtime — five with his feet, 20 with his arm. But the Wildcats went for the game they had controlled but never broken.Instead of trying for a game-tying point-after attempt, they went for a two-point conversion. On a designed run for Robertson, the pocket collapsed, Robert Welsh brought him down. SU won.Shafer met a helmet-less Robertson at around the 30-yard line with players from either team on either side of them. They walked together for about 25 yards, Shafer congratulating the Villanova quarterback, telling him he’d turned in one of the best individual performances he’d ever seen.The Syracuse players fleeing the sideline and the game’s final play did so relieved. They had escaped.As SU celebrated, it was greeted by a rendition of the alma mater much quieter than the one played pregame and only slightly louder than the Carrier Dome crowd during the vast portions of the game that Villanova controlled.Said Shafer: “We just won a game, but I’m still so mad.” Comments Published on August 29, 2014 at 11:36 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse takes on Villanova in Carrier Dome to open seasonGallery: Syracuse vs. Villanova pregameQ&A: Villanova linebacker Lucas discusses being punched by Huntcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Volleyball: Maddie Smith is spark plug of UW bench

first_imgIn the Badgers 2015 recruiting class it’s easy to find high school All-Americans and highly ranked players, but one new face knows that though she isn’t a part of the current rotation, she can help impact the team in a variety of ways.Maddie Smith, a freshman walk-on from St. Germain, Wisconsin is not only a future Badger standout but a character the team relies on to help get them through their midseason lulls.“She reminds of Olaf in Frozen,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “When he is sitting there and singing about summer, that is Maddie Smith.”While she isn’t the sidekick to the ice princess, Smith is carving out her own role on the team.Though she has only seen action in one game this year, Smith is integral cog of the Badger machine and brings the energy from the sidelines.“I was nominated cheer captain by the team,” Smith said. “I like to be cheerful and energetic — that is the way I stay engaged in the game, by bringing the energy.”That energy ignites the team not only in games but also in practice. Fellow freshman Tionna Williams knows that though Smith isn’t making a huge impact in the box score quite yet, the team’s chemistry would be unbalanced without her.“Maddie is one of a kind,” Williams said. “She is full of energy and she is one of those teammates you want to be around all the time. She always has a smile on her face and just brightens your day up.”Check the sidelines after any Wisconsin point and you can find Smith in the middle of a well-rehearsed routine.“We call it the block party,” Smith said.But Smith’s story doesn’t end as the cheer captain, she has a legacy to uphold not only for the state, but also for her family.The 6-foot-1 outside hitter and defensive specialist is Wisconsin’s only in-state player and the responsibility that comes with representing the Badger state is not lost on Smith.“It is an awesome feeling knowing that I get to represent my home state,” Smith said.She also knows what it means to don the red and white, as her mom was a member of the 1990 Big Ten championship team at UW.Despite the large shoes to fill, Smith welcomes the comparison.“I really wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps and felt that it was an awesome opportunity to do that,” Smith said.Even with Badger in her blood, Smith nearly didn’t make it to UW, and was the last member of the 2015 class to join the team. After committing in January, it didn’t take long for Smith to build a close connection with her future teammates.With seven newcomers on the team, the foundation has been set in stone for the future, and Sheffield sees the freshmen progressing.“They are all developing at different rates and all of them are having a different level of impact in the gym,” Sheffield said. “They are all really nice kids. I like them all and all of them are learning what it takes to compete and play at this level.”Smith knows that she may not be counted on in pressure moments this season, but she will be needed in future years to help keep Wisconsin near the top of the standings. Because of this, she views practice as her games to prepare herself for her inevitable moment in the spotlight.“In practice I try to bring my best out,” Smith said “Every opportunity I do get to play, I try to do my best and stay energized. Even if I am not in a drill, I will just cheer on the team.”last_img read more


Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth Title

first_imgVettel has suffered an unexpected dip in results since the summer break but hit an all-season low today as he cut a dejected figure on the sidelines as his car was parked after just five laps due to unreliability issues. The problem was detected before the race started but Vettel managed to get the car on the grid but as soon as the race started it was obvious the Ferrari couldn’t get enough power up and was woefully short of pace on the straights.The engine blew – so did his title chances. Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix this morning to put one hand firmly on the 2017 Formula One title as Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel had another race to forget in the sunshine at Suzuka.Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari suffered a second engine failure in as many weeks and was forced to retire after only five laps while Lewis Hamilton won by just a second after a late rampage by Max Verstappen who definitely felt he could have won a second race in as many weeks after his triumph in Malaysia last weekend.Lewis Hamilton is now 59 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel and could secure this season’s title as early as the US Grand Prix later this month if he can extend his lead by another 16 points. “It’s normal to be critical, especially if things go wrong because it’s part of our job,” Vettel told reporters. “But I need to protect them [Ferrari] – they’ve done an incredible job so far.” Ferrari’s sudden unreliabity comes in a season that started like they finally had a car that could rival the Mercedes but losing out again in 2017 is pushing the Scuderia’s title drought to a decade and the pressure is definitely on.Even as Hamilton and his W08 were in title winning mood, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen showed why he is regarded as arguably the brightest youngster in the Formula One for many years. He went past his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the first turn after showing bravery and exuberance then had it easy getting into second place as Vettel’s Ferrari struggled for power and eventually retired. Verstappen chased down Hamilton for the whole of the race and it became a close fight when he got himself clearly in Hamilton’s rear.Mercedes had to deploy Valterie Bottas as buffer against the rampaging Dutch youngster as he got too close for comfort. This barely change anything as Verstappen closed withing DRS range of Hamilton’s W08 which had already lost its tyres but Valterie Bottas once again showing himself as the master team player.Daniel Ricciardo finished third to earn his eighth podium finish of the season – the most in a single season in his career. Valterie Bottas finished fourth to cut the gap between Vettel and himself to a meagre 13 points while the other Ferrari was just behind Bottas.The two Force Indias finished sixth and seventh and Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean scored points in eighth and ninth while Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams was the last driver to score points, just ahead of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton as Formula One goes across the Atlantic to the United States. The US GP zooms off on October 22center_img “I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” said Hamilton. “I was excited to have a good race with Sebastian here but he’s been incredibly unfortunate.” RelatedThe 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix PreviewJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij PreviewJuly 29, 2017In “Sports”Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Claims Canadian Grand Prix Victory Over Sebastian VettelJune 9, 2019In “Formula 1”last_img read more


Ireland’s tax double sees Boylesports warn staff of job losses

first_img Related Articles BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Boylesports, Ireland’s second largest bookmaker, has warned its staff that jobs are at risk following the government’s decision to double the nation’s betting revenue tax to 2%.Last week, Ireland’s Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered a damaging budget for industry stakeholders, implementing higher taxes on retail and digital betting verticals.Dundalk-headquartered Boylesports, which operates 250 betting shops across Ireland, is reported to be reviewing all retail options with regards to countering the government’s tax increase.It is believed that Boylesports governance and Irish betting incumbents will seek to challenge the Irish Department of Finance’s decision before Ireland’s new budget is passed into law.Boylesports released the following communication to staff: “We are committed to making Government and all relevant agencies understand the impact this poorly-considered policy will have on the sector, our business, us and our families.“We will take all steps available to safeguard our business, our industry and most importantly the employment of all our people.”Sharon Bryne – IBA IrelandLast week, speaking on behalf of associate members, Sharon Bryne, Chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA), stated that the government had been careless in introducing its new tax charges.Furthermore, the IBA branded the government’s €50 million tax income as a ‘fantasy target’, as the Department of Finance had failed to consult the Irish betting industry.“Already since the Budget measures were announced, I have spoken to a number of small independent bookmakers, some of whom have been in business for more than 40 years, who now believe they have no option but to let their staff go and close their doors,” she said.“We predict that there will be 300 shops closed when the tax is enacted with the loss of at least 1500 jobs.” Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more


Lakers’ Brandon Ingram to undergo MRI on Sunday after missing game with groin injury

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — Brandon Ingram doesn’t think his groin injury is serious. On second thought, he hopes it isn’t serious.An MRI on Sunday should answer the most pressing question facing the Lakers, but in the meantime no one around the team wants the strained left hip flexor Ingram suffered Thursday night in Miami to cost him any more time than it already has.“I have had pain in my groin before,” Ingram said, “throughout the season. I don’t think it’s that serious, hopefully it’s not that serious, but I’ll let the doctor decide that.”The second-year forward and the Lakers’ leading scorer did not dress for Saturday’s game against the Spurs, with Kyle Kuzma replacing him in the starting lineup. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m not sure how long he’ll be out,” Coach Luke Walton said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and the next day.”Ingram was injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 131-113 victory over the Heat. After Miami guard Josh Richardson fouled Ingram on a drive to the basket, small forward Justise Winslow flew in after the whistle, catching Ingram in the groin with his knee.Winslow, who preceded Ingram at Duke by one year, was whistled for a technical foul and Ingram left the game.Ingram was asked if he had a problem with the play.“I saw the play, but I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m not in the other guy’s body … I’m not sure (if) he was thinking of trying to block the shot or if he knew the whistle had blown or not, but it happens.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img TRAVIS WEARS WEARGrowing up, Travis Wear owned several Lakers jerseys. Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry.Now, he has a game-worn addition to that group: His own.“Coming from wearing a Lakers jersey and stuff in the front yard and the driveway to a real jersey,” Wear said, “is a dream come true.”A day after signing his 10-day contract with the Lakers, Wear made his debut, checking in with 54.5 seconds left in the second quarter.“This is as official as it gets,” said Wear, who last played in the NBA in 2014-15 with New York. “NBA regular-season game.”In the three years since leaving the Knicks, Wear spent a year overseas and since then has been trying to rise in the Lakers organization. He has been invited to training camp each of the last two seasons, spent two years with the South Bay Lakers and won a summer league championship under Jud Buechler back in July.Wear had just returned home from practice with the South Bay Lakers this week when his agent called to say the parent club was signing him. Next to call was Nick Mazzella, the general manager of the G-League affiliate, who told him, “Pack your bags, you’re going to San Antonio.”“So, obviously,” Wear said, “that was a great moment and a surreal moment.”FRYE CHECK INWhen the Lakers return to L.A. this week, they will be reunited with Channing Frye, the veteran forward whom they acquired along with Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline. Frye has been away from the Lakers since their Feb. 14 loss in New Orleans.He underwent an appendectomy later that week. The Lakers are hopeful he will return to practice soon, but Walton said it won’t be “right when” the Lakers get home.“He hasn’t really done any contact type of basketball stuff,” Walton said. “It’s just very light conditioning.”Earlier this week Walton said Frye, who has averaged 4.8 points in 45 total games this season, had not progressed beyond riding a stationary bike.last_img read more


Stars Return to Santa Anita

first_imgMornings at The Great Race Place really started to heat up this Friday as workouts resumed on the dirt track. Among the returning stars were Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah and 2015 Pacific Classic winning mare, Beholder.Check out XpressBet TV’s coverage of these morning workouts, then get set for LIVE racing action at Santa Anita Park starting September 26th. CLICK HERE to visit our Events page for all we have in store for the Autumn meet.American PharoahBeholderlast_img



first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES AGAPITO DELGADILLO, STEALTHEDIAMONDS, WINNER: “She got away pretty easy and she was just breezing.  At the top of the lane, I asked her for more and she put it in another gear and we came home easily.”TRAINER QUOTESMIKE PUYPE, STEALTHEDIAMONDS, WINNER: “With her speed, we certainly expected to be in front. When the favorite (Just Grazed Me) made her bid through the stretch there was some concern because she’s such a good horse, but Agapito (Delgadillo) kept our filly going.“Looking at the race I figured we were the lone speed. Just Grazed Me on paper was the one to beat, enough for me to worry about her. Apache Princess is a really good sprint filly; it was a very good race between the three fillies, and our kind of speed has to be respected. When she cleared and broke loose for home I was just praying she would get to the wire.“We claimed her (for $80,000 last Oct., 27) with this in mind, because opportunities like this don’t come along too often. Her speed makes her dangerous, especially when there’s no other speed in the race.“It’s nice to get such a quick dividend on the $80,000 investment.”NOTES: The winning owners are James Driver and Ywachetta Driver.last_img read more


PSL: Foton ends 3-game skid with win over UP

first_imgMOST READ View comments After three straight losses Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat took charge and carried the Tornadoes to the win ahead of classification battle for 7th to 10 places.The Tornadoes will face fifth seed in Pool B, which is either Cocolife or University of the East-Cherrylume, on July 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Santiago dropped 24 points on 21 kills while Manabat added  14 points, including clutch hits in the last two sets to finish off the Lady Maroons. Bea de Leon also shone with nine points.“Somehow, we’re still happy because finally we got a win and it will be big help for the players in regaining their confidence for our remaining matches,” said Foton assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad, who took over for head coach Rommel Abella. Grey’s ‘lucky shot’ saves GlobalPort from elimination Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Foton finally bagged its first win and turned back University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers Inc., 25-10, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3 in Pool A with Marian Buitre and Isa Molde leading the scoring with 16 and 12 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more